This panel discussion brings Reko Rennie, Almagul Menlibayeva and Noor Afshan Mirza (one half of duo Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler) into dialogue with one another for the first time.
The talk will provide audiences with an insight into their respective practices, while teasing out thematic correlations emerging in context of the Channels Festival exhibition Untimely Geographies.
Chaired by Kelli Alred, Channels Festival Artistic Director and curator of Untimely Geographies.
Presented in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
International artists Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan/Germany) and Noor Afshan Mirza (Turkey/United Kingdom) are undertaking a four-week residency in Melbourne with support from Channels Festival and RMIT University School of Art through SITUATE.
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through a variety of contemporary media. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments. Largely autobiographical, his commanding works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti. Merging traditional diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity.
Selected group exhibitions include: Personal Structures, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2017; The End of Time. The Beginning of Time, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne 2017; Sovereignty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2016; XIII Bienale de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2016; Jogja Calling, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2016; Wall Drawings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, 2016; Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2016; St Art Festival, Delhi, India, 2016; Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2015; Murruwaygu, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2015; Monster Pop!, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 2015; Personal Structures: Crossing Borders, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy, 2015; Cut It Out, Urban Nation Gallery, Berlin, 2015.
Rennie’s work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria; National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Kluge-Ruhe Institute, University of Virginia, USA; Koorie Heritage Trust; ArtBank; New Contemporary Art Museum, in Nanjing, Jiangsu, CHINA among others.
Noor Afshan Mirza
Noor Afshan Mirza (previously known as Karen Mirza) works across video, installation, performance, writing and curating. Her practice investigates the conditions of the postmodern and postcolonial world through the lens of intersectional feminism and radical pedagogy.
Mirza has collaborated with Brad Butler since 2001, when they created the artist-run organisation no.w.here. From 2008 to 2016, their collaboration took the form of a fictional institution: The Museum of Non-Participation. They have recently exhibited at Delfina Foundation, London; HOME, Manchester, UK; The Biennale of Sydney; Hayward Gallery, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Walker Art Centre, New York; and Performa 13, New York. The Museum of Non-Participation was nominated for the Artes Mundi 6 Award.
Almagul Menlibayeva is an award-winning contemporary artist who works across video, performance, photography and mixed media installation. Referencing the social, economic and political transformation of Central Asia, Menlibayeva's work addresses the de-coloniasation and re-imagining of gender, the effects of environmental degradation and the mythologies of Eurasian nomadic and Indigenous people.
Menlibayeva's work has been featured internationally at the Venice Biennale; the Moscow Biennale, Russia; the Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea and the Sydney Biennale, Australia. She has exhibited widely at venues such as Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium; Queens Museum, NY, USA; Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY, USA; Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway; ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany; University of California, San Diego, CA, USA; Center of Contemporary Art, Zamok Ujazdowskie, Warsaw, Poland; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico; Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
Her videos have also been shown at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland; Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil; Santiago International Film Festival, Chile; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany.
Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, The Scar (installation view), 2018. Courtesy of the artists.
Reko Rennie, OA_RR, 2017. Photo: Justin McManus. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.
Almagul Menlibayeva, Caspian Palms, 2016, inkjet print, 71x 107 cm. Courtesy of American-Eurasian Art Advisors LLC.